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Israel’s Reform rabbi and legislator on judicial overhaul: ‘It doesn’t look good.’

By Yonat Shimron — March 20, 2023
(RNS) — Gilad Kariv, who serves on the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, said he wants American Jews to help protect Israel’s democracy.
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Samaritan’s Purse sends 52-bed field hospital to Antakya, Turkey

By Yonat Shimron — February 9, 2023
(RNS) — The organization, run by founder and president the Rev. Franklin Graham, said it will also send more than 100 medical and technical staff to the ravaged region.

Faith leaders call for Putin to extend Christmas truce into a permanent cease-fire

By Kathryn Post — January 5, 2023
(RNS) — ‘There are always risks in peace. But there’s a bigger risk in war,’ said one pastor calling Ukraine to embrace the truce.

Hundreds of US rabbis protest new Israeli government in public letter

By Yonat Shimron — December 23, 2022
(RNS) — Leaders of several religious nationalist parties will be part of the most hard-right  administration in Israel’s history, one US rabbis say endangers Jewish values.

As a rabbi, he worked on Jewish-Catholic relations. Now the pope is knighting him.

By Yonat Shimron — November 1, 2022
(RNS) — A Reform rabbi and a longtime columnist for Religion News Service, James Rudin has met with popes, presidents and world-famous evangelists in his efforts to improve Jewish-Christian relations.

No, they do not worship the devil, and other myths dispelled in new book on satanism

By Heather Greene — October 21, 2022
(RNS) — Satanism appeals to people who feel marginalized in some way, said La Carmina, whose "Little Book of Satanism" attempts to curb some of the misinformation on satanists and their organizations.

Religious freedom group asks for UN commission of inquiry into Iran’s crackdown

By Yonat Shimron — October 14, 2022
(RNS) — Of particular concern, the deaths of Sunni worshippers at the hands of the Iranian security forces on Sept. 30 in the city of Zahedan.

A food truck at Duke University offers a truce to rising tensions on Mideast politics

By Yonat Shimron — October 11, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — The Yalla food truck serves food that meets the most stringent dietary needs of two constituencies: Jews and Muslims. The food is both certified kosher and halal.

Gen Z Hindu Americans reckon with faith and politics

By Richa Karmarkar — September 21, 2022
(RNS) — For Hindu American students looking to practice their faith absolved of politics, there is a distinct lack of places to turn.

Belgian bishops propose prayer for gay couples, not marriage

By Samuel Petrequin and Nicole Winfield — September 20, 2022
ROME (AP) — Belgian bishops said their proposal is part of their church’s effort to be more responsive to its gay members and to “create a climate of respect, recognition and integration,” citing Pope Francis’ call for the church to be more welcoming to gays.

Westminster Abbey has witnessed nearly a millennium of British history – but many rituals, like those at royal funerals, aren’t so old

By Paul Hammer — September 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of British history explains how the ornate church and its significance to the monarchy have changed over centuries.

Ken Burns’ documentary busts myth that Americans didn’t know about Nazi atrocities

By Yonat Shimron — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — The series, which debuts Sunday (Sept. 18), shows Americans heard on the radio and read in the newspapers about Nazis' rising hostility to Jews, culminating in the Final Solution.

From shoeboxes to war zones: How Samaritan’s Purse became a $1 billion humanitarian aid powerhouse

By Yonat Shimron and Bob Smietana — September 9, 2022
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (RNS) — Now one of the largest US nonprofits, its growth has come largely through frontline work in public health crises and natural disasters around the world. 
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